The African Content Movement (ACM) noted the announcement of the 2018 matric results made by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

ACM congratulates all learners for their good performance, your hard work has paid off. To those who did not do well, we encourage you to try again. Do not define yourself as a failure.

Our support goes to learners who did well despite massive infrastructure shortage in remote areas of the country. Well done #AfricanChild!

It is disappointing that the performance of learners in the accounting, science and business subjects is still very low. Embarrassingly very low, we demand answers.

Whilst we noted the obvious improvements in the overall National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass rate, we believe the country needs a transformed curriculum system, teaching learners more entrepreneurship skills. This will allow a nation to produce graduates who will not seek employment but become employers themselves.

We also believe that a more concerted effort must be devoted to early childhood development. A better curriculum designed for the foundation phase will guarantee our children a better outcome based education.

“Government must ensure that the process of admission for all the learners at institutions of higher learning is smooth, indeed correct decisions were made for free higher education- and this must be implemented without hustle,” says ACM President Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng said government must not be reactionary. All learners must be accommodated and financially supported for the duration of the studies.

We urge the Department of Basic Education to ensure that rural education is supported and that school transport for less fortunate pupils is prioritized.

To guarantee the future for our children, we reiterate, that the country must shift from teaching pupils on how to get employment but more on how to conceptualise and operate sustainable businesses.

We urge our members (Servants) to assist every learner during the registration period for higher education. Our members from the nine provinces must be visible at all institutions of higher learning.

ACM deputy Secretary-General Esther Padi said: We encourage the pupils who made it to strive for the best outside high school walls and therefore to our future leaders who could not pass matric -this year’s failure is your opportunity to reboot yourselves and excell on your second endevours.

We also want to encourage our learners to look for study opportunities at FET colleagues as well.

Issued by African Content Movemen

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